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Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira

 A significant group of 11 French works are included in the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) - Museu do Chiado's collection. These works reflect the interest in incorporating renowned artists and a predilection for the modern values of French art at the turn of the 20th century, a time when a return to balance in form was prized.

Memories and personal accounts of Portuguese artists living in Paris from the late 19th century reveal the city as a hotbed of modernity, where Free Academies, cafés, theatres and residencies (14 Cité Falguiére) existed in an urban bohemian milieu associated with the artistic lifestyle of the international avant-garde, one that ended abruptly with the First World War (1914-18).  Emerging in the 1930s, between the entrenchment of the Estado Novo regime in Portugal and the intentional inclination towards Parisian art and culture, was the figure of José de Figueiredo, Director of the National Museum of Ancient Art, who coordinated an important exhibition at theGalerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris.  With his friend and collaborator André Dezarrois, the museum's curator, he presented a mythical journey through time of Portuguese art:  L’Art Portugais de l’Époque de Grandes Découvertes au XX ème siècle [Portuguese Art from the Age of the Great Discoveries to the 20th century].

Shortly after, in 1934, French art was presented in Lisbon at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes in a major exhibition curated by José de Figueiredo and André Dezarrois, and organised by the Directorate of National Museums in France. That year, the painter and then-director of the MNAC, Adriano Sousa Lopes, acquired multiples in bronze of sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) and Joseph Bernard (1866-1931) that had been included in the exhibition. Thus began the makings of a new collection of French art, one that was enriched in 1937 by a donation of 6 drawings by Rodin from José de Figueiredo's personal collection. Added to the collection were important works by Aristide Maillol (1866-1941) and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875), through an acquisition in 1947 by Diogo de Macedo, the Director of the MNAC, and a donation in 1987.

Maria de Aires Silveira

On Exhibition

Imago 2021

Joakim Eskildsen

MNAC is, once again, a partner of the Imago Lisboa festival, whose exhibition proposals will be distributed in various spaces in the city and welcomes, in this edition, the work of the photographer, Joakim Eskildsen
Temporary Exhibition

The artist of the moment: the Paleolithic Man

An exhibition by cartoonist Luís Afonso
Solo show

Drawing and watercolor courses

Drawing and watercolor courses taught by Nelson Ferreira

A Brasileira do Chiado

Café Museu 1925-1971

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Raquel Henriques da Silva
The Café Museu da Brasileira on display at the MNAC
Temporary Exhibition

The Pathway to the Light as It Goes along the Light

Curated by João Biscainho, the inaugural exhibition of the new Millennium bcp Gallery presents a selection of works in a dialogue between the MNAC and Millennium bcp collections, and other national and international collections.
Colective Exhibition

Cycle “Women Painters in the Ibero-American World” 2021-2022

Cycle of lectures presented by Painters who were especially active in the Ibero-American World and who over the centuries have contributed to reducing gender bias and putting an end to a series of stereotypes in the world of the arts.

Modern glances

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira
Crossing glances and a taste for pictorial framings in the MNAC collection.
Temporary Exhibition

110 years

An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.